The first official US stamps were issued in 1847, depicting Benjamin Franklin and George Washington (5 and 10 cents). These were followed by 50 years worth of highly collectible 19th Century US Stamps, including an imperforated series in the 1850s, special Civil War stamps, bank note stamps, the first pictorial issues in 1869 (featuring images other than US leaders), and the first US commemorative stamps, issued in conjunction with the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

There was also a set of special re-printings in 1875, meant specifically for stamp collectors.


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Noblespirit No Reserve Colossal $69,000 Cv Us Album From 1&2 W/certs, 230-245, Noblespirit No Reserve 4051/119 Colossal Us $29,959 Cv, $834 Fv 7 Vol. AlbumsUs 1898 Trans-mississippi Complete Nh #285-293 On Scott National Page Cat $13510Us 1893 Columbians Nh Thru $5 #245 Cat $29,750Ckstamps : Us Old Stamps Scott #3 5c Red Brown 1875 Imperf. Unused Ngai Cv$825Proofs * Thin Paper * Early Us Stamps * FaultsU.s. #131 Scarce Unused - 30c Eagle & Flags Re-issue ($1,100)Us 1893 Columbians To $5 #245 Incomplete Nh Cat $23,445Nystamps Us Stamp # 37 Mint With Gum H $1400Ckstamps : Us Stamps Scott #293 $2 1898 Trans-mississippi Unused Appear Rg $1900Noblespirit No Reserve Mlm/189 Valuable U.s. 230-241 Mint Columbians = $1,936 Cv1893 Us Columbian $2 Sc 242 Nh Cat $4000Nystamps Us Stamp # 153 Mint Og H $1800Nystamps Us Stamp # 119 Mint Og H $3500Us Stamps # 293 $2 Trans-mississippi Mint Nh Cat Val $6000Us Early Mint Issues Including 1847 4 Margin #1 Cat $17,0001895 Us Madison $2 Sc 277a Nh Cat $3000Noblespirit No Reserve (lau)/15 Choice Us 79 Mint Ng = $1,300 Cv Xf CenteringCkstamps : Us Stamps Scott #241 $1 Salmon 1893 Columbian Unused Rg Cv$1100/ogU.s. $2 Columbian 1893 Sc #242 Mint Og Lh. Cat Value $18001893 Us Columbian $3 Sc 243 Nh Cat $5250Noblespirit No Reserve (lau)/20 Excellent Us 127 10¢ Yellow Reissue Mng= $725 CvU.s. #73 Unused Beauty - 2c Blackjack ($140)Us Stamp:#241 P2 $1 1893 Columbian Issue Small Die Proof Of Wove StampUs Mint Banknotes With Special Printing And 90c Carmine Displayed On Scott Page Us Stamps # 261a $1 Perry Mint Nh Cat Val $6500Scott # 239 Us 1893 Columbian 30c Nh Cat $750Noblespirit No Reserve (jg) Fresh Us 39 Mint Ng W/ Weiss Cert. =$1,100 CvU.s. #275 Mint - 50c Orange ($260)Us Stamps # 130 24c Pictorial Mint Hh Cat Val $2100U.s. #24 Mint - 1c Blue, Type V ($140)Us Stamp:#242 P2 $2 1893 Columbian Issue Small Die Proof Of Wove StampUs Stamp:#244 P2 $4 1893 Columbian Issue Small Die Proof Of Wove StampNoblespirit No Reserve (lau)/11 Ellusive Us 263 Mint Og = $4,500 Cv $5 MarshallCkstamps: Us Stamp Collection Scott#273 Mint H Og With Aps CertNoblespirit No Reserve (lau)/26 Desirable Us 77 Mint Ng =$1,750 Cv 15c BlackMark Twain Clemens Corrected First Edition Life On The Mississippi IllustratedU.s. #260 Scarce Mint - 50c Orange, Unwmkd ($500)Us Stamp:#245 P2 $5 1893 Columbian Issue Small Die Proof Of Wove StampU.s. #63p4 Card Proof - 1c Blue ($40)U.s. #113-14 Unused - 1869 2c - 3c Pictorials ($280)U.s. #241 Choice Unused Xf - 1893 $1.00 Columbian ($500)Nystamps Us Stamp # 35 Mint With Gum H $225Noblespirit No Reserve Mlm/190 Valuable U.s. 285-92 Mint = $3,110 Cv Trans MissUs Plate I Sc # 36 1857-61 12c Mint H Cat $1900Noblespirit No Reserve (lau)/32 Popular Us 241 $1 Columbian Mng = $500 CvCkstamps: Us Stamp Collection Scott#288 Mint Lh Og Cv$250Ckstamps: Us Stamp Collection Scott#260 Mint H Og Gum Disturb Cv$500Scott # 189 Us Banknote 15c Nh Cat $675Scott # 266 Us 1895 Bureau Combination Pair 2c Nh Cat $500Noblespirit No Reserve My/1429 Exciting 1851-57 Washington SelectionUs Stamp:#243 P2 $3 1893 Columbian Issue Small Die Proof Of Wove StampNoblespirit No Reserve (lau)/35 Guaranteed Mint No.12 Og = $30,000 Cv Rare1893 Us Columbian 50c Sc 240 Nh Cat $1500Scott # 229 Us 1890-93 Small Banknote 90c H Cat $475Noblespirit No Reserve (lau)/27 Excellent Us 115 Mint Og =$2,750 Cv 6c PictoralUs Banknote Sc # 218 1888 90c Mint Nh Cat $2750Scott # 240 Us Columbian 50c Nh Cat $1500Us Banknote Sc # 217 1888 30c Mint Nh Cat $10001893 Us Columbian 50c Sc 240 Nh Cat $1500